Knob Hill, Colorado

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Knob Hill (38°50′24″N 104°46′58″W / 38.84000°N 104.78278°W / 38.84000; -104.78278[2]) is a landform and associated neighborhood of Colorado Springs established with 11 annexations from June 6, 1952 (e.g., "Grandview-Knob Hill" tracts in 1955-6 and "Union Printers Addition" in 1962) until 2 final tracts were incorporated on November 1, 1967.[3] The hill is within an area bounded on the west by Shooks Run,[4] on the north by tbd, on the east by Sand Creek, and on the south by Prospect Lake and its tributary.


William Jackson Palmer donated a c. 1874 tract of Knob Hill land for a medical school[5]--the St. Francis Hospital was built on Institute Heights at the east end of Pike's Peak Avenue, near the Knob Hill street car line[6] (cf. the 1890-1902 Bellevue/National Deaconess Sanitarium to the east-southeast). In addition to the 1892 Childs-Drexel Home--the Union Printers' Infirmery[7] (Childs-Drexel home for Union Printers with more than 55 residents by 1898[6]) on Knob Hill,[8] by 1898 the Pikes Peak Gun Club was on Knob Hill near the city limit[6] (cf. the current Pikes Peak Gun Club east of the city near Schriever Air Force Base.)

The city's streetcar line stopped "just at the edge of the Knob Hill prairie" when the 1899 Tesla Experimental Station was built on an empty Knob Hill site between the 1876 Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind and the Union Printers' Home.[9] "Nob Hill" streets in 1903 included First, Second, Lake, Locust, Main, Maple, Pikes Peak, etc.[10] and by 1906 the east side of the city extended beyond Hancock Avenue to "Main Street, Nob Hill"[10] (now Union Boulevard) between Yampa and Huerfano.[4] Additional medical facilities and the "Knob Hill Auction Co." were on the hill,[11] as was the WWII tent camp and Cold War Ent AFB--by 1956 Knob Hill had a population of 3,612.[12] In 1983, the city conducted a survey of Knob Hill residents,[13] and a 1984 Knob Hill redevelopment plan was prepared[14] (Google maps label "Knob Hill" at the corner of St Vrain St & Hills Rd.)[15]


  1. ^ a b "Knob Hill (slope)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
    "Knob Hill (summit)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Knob Hill (193501--Colorado Springs)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  3. ^ annexdata.xls (spreadsheet),, retrieved 2013-10-27  Annexation acres elev. date Knob Hill 15.34 6409 19520601 Grandview-Knob Hill #2 10.80 6409 19551201 Grandview-Knob Hill #3 39.42 6409 19560201 1st Addition to Knob Hill 76.15 6409 19570101 Knob Hill Heights Addition #1 75.39 6410 19610701 Union Printers Addition 248.08 6416 19621201 Knob Hill Addition #4 2.17 6416 19650801 Knob Hill Addition #5 0.49 6416 19670801 Knob Hill Addition #6 0.61 6416 19670801 Knob Hill Addition #7 446.41 6409 19671101 Knob Hill Addition #7 8.57 6409 19671101 Total 923.43
  4. ^ a b "Geo. S. Clason, Denver, Colo." (1906). Tourists guide to Colorado Springs, Manitou, Colorado City and the Pike's Peak Region (Map). Retrieved 2013-11-01.
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  6. ^ a b c Colorado Springs Directory (almanac), Pikes Peak Library District website, 1898, retrieved 2013-11-05 
  7. ^ "Childs-Drexel Home: Dedicatio o fthe Union Printers' Infirmary at Colorado Springs" (CDNC collection: image and transcript). Los Angeles Herald. May 13, 1892. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
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  10. ^ a b The Giles City Directory of Colorado Springs and Manitou (almanac). The Giles Directory Company. May 1903. Retrieved 2013-11-02.  Chapters: The Giles Classified Business Directory of Colorado Springs [p. 559] ... of Colorado City [p. 715] ... of Manitou [p. 755]
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  12. ^ 1956 "Knob Hill" 3,612 Ivywild 2,849
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  15. ^,-104.782491&hl=en&ll=38.839942,-104.782491&spn=0.023599,0.052314&sll=38.839942,-104.782491&sspn=0.023599,0.052314&t=m&z=15